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One-Day training programme for Councillors held in Coimbatore

One-Day training programme for Councillors held in Coimbatore

City corporation councillors on Wednesday underwent a one-day training in improving the functioning and fulfilling the infrastructure requirements of the schools run by the civic body.

As the members of corporation school management committees in their wards, councillors could take part in the committee meetings and suggest improvements to the functioning of schools. They could also coordinate and strengthen the alumni associations, and arrange sponsors to fund infrastructure development.

The training programme was held at Sidhapudur corporation school. A school education department official said the training programme, which started on Monday, would go on till August 22. “All the elected members from the town panchayats, municipalities and panchayats will take part in the training programme.”

At least 80 of the 100 corporation councillors took part in the training programme on Wednesday. Mayor Kalpana Anandakumar addressed them at the event.

Pointing out that the school management committee was revamped a year ago, the official said each committee had 20 members, led by a mother of a school student. According to him, each committee comprises 15 parents, a representative of teaching faculty and the headmaster, who is the secretary of the committee.

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“We learnt about various government programmes, scholarships meant for students and how we could play a role in effectively implementing them. We have also been told to identify the requirements of the school and fulfil the same with the help of sponsors,” said a councillor who took part in the training programme.

The school education department official said a website had been set up under the ‘Namma Ooru Palli’ programme to display the requirements of schools. Sponsors could either contribute money or take up the work to fulfil the requirement.” He said the councillors would play a role in improving the enrolment, bringing down dropout rate and ensuring inclusive education for disabled children.

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